In the 6:00 hour the ballroom is quiet except for the reporters that are here at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago covering Governor Pat Quinn. It's almost a somber mood here. There is some concern over the low voter turnout in Illinois so far. It's been a cold and gloomy day in Chicago with on and off snow flurries and that may have affected the vote.
7:30 here and supporters of Governor Quinn are arriving. There is a band playing jazz music and many are trying to sneak a look at early returns. Quinn's staff is also telling us about the low turnout, but they're hopeful, trusting the old politcal rule that low turnouts tend to favor the incumbant. Quinn, we are told will be here shortly to watch returns from a hotel room, although he may also venture to his home just outside the nearby Oak Park neighborhood.
Coming up on 9pm and Quinn supporters here are feeling a little better with the early returns favoring the governor. This race promised to be a squeaker and it certainly looks that wayas more reults come in from across Illinois. Looks like Quinn is hoilding a lead of a couple of points with just over half the vote counted.